Successful owners of East Village’s 886, Eric Sze and Andy Chuang, have brought an entirely new Taiwanese restaurant to Greenpoint, and it’s expected to be an even bigger hit!
“We’re super happy to be open in Greenpoint. It’s such a wonderful neighborhood,” said Sze.
Wenwen officially opened its doors on March 16 at 1025 Manhattan Ave. According to Greenpointers, “Wenwen aims to deliver the same good food and good times [as 886] at Wenwen with an added dose of warmth and nostalgia.”
The new spot got its name from Wenchi, Sze’s mother, and Wenhui, his wife, and is marketed as the more adult version of the popular Manhattan sister restaurant—but that doesn’t mean it will be any less fun!
“If 886 was the go-to rager in your 20s, then Wenwen is the dinner party you learn to love in your 30s,” shares their website.
Sze went on to explain that 886 would be represented as one’s college years, whereas at Wewen, people are “getting into [their] 30s. [They] know exactly what [they] want to eat. [They’re] adventurous with bold flavors. But [they] want to dine in an environment that reminds [them] of home.”
Wenwen features some recognizable dishes from the 886 menu, like its beloved Popcorn Chicken and Fly’s Head. However, diners can expect new and exciting dishes that they haven’t yet seen from the two restauranteurs.
Wenwen serves a dish called 886 Noodle, made with chickpea, ground pork, fired garlic, and beef shanks, that isn’t even offered at 886!
The space is decked out with tons of eclectic design choices. According to Greenpointers, the restaurant is lined with Taiwanese games and advent calendars reminiscent of Sze’s childhood.
In a preview post of the space by owner Eric Sze himself, he captioned the carousel “@wenwenbk almost ready. food is cool & all but are you ready for Taiwanese ktv bathroom with 鳳飛飛 staring while you dodo?”
Since opening, Wenwen has been sharing highlights from diners showing an outpour of praise and congratulations for the restaurant’s incredible offerings.
Sze and Chuang are proving that getting older doesn’t have to make dining any less fun! Learn more and see how you can make a reservation here.
Where: 1025 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn